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we sent martha zeichner to examine its implications in our sunday morning cover story. >>,ñs rouge, philando in minneapolis. five police officers shot and killed in dallas by afá macmen. >> history will remember these dark daysñi in there's still a remaining question what's going to happen. >> the unsettled matter of policing and race ahead thisñr sunday morning.5a
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table is just 50 feet.+ >> how important is the food to( this community> a lotxd of people say farms e the new golf course. >> it's a beautiful day inñie1ñe agrihood ahead on "sunday morning." >> elton john is a music legend many times over thanks in large part to his steady rock of a collaborator. morer >>q >>t( sir eltonfá john has been writing hit songs with bernie topin for nearly 50 years. >> we've never -- and this is on my children's life -- ever had an argument. ever. >> why? >> there's no point. >> but the singer says he can finally see the end of the road[
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>> sir elton john later on "sunday morning."6zó[xd charles: the science guy woyn a children's tv star not so long ago. more recently he's been focusing his persuasive powers on adultsr as ritaúbraver will show us. >> ♪ bill nye the science guy >> he introduced a generation to the wonders of >> nowt( that's a kennel callpxd reaction. >> and now he's speaking out on issuesjf like global warming. >> climate change is real! >> how does he get away from it all? >> it's thee1 joir of movement. then you get to hold the woman, >> later on "sunday morning," bill nyet( the science andxd dag guy.ñi charles: tracy smith looks back on the life ofñi robin williams
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and we'llñi share some short stories on demand. michelle milleru history of the blues from the just-opened national blues museum.ñr and more, but first the headlines for this sunday morning, the 10th of july, 2016. we continue to learnñrfxi the lone gunman who targeted police officers in dallas on thursday night. here's the latest. >> dallas remainsxd a city on ee this weekend, a threat to its police headquarters last nighti put officers on alert. it was an apparentxd hoax, but th thursday night's horror. we're learning more about the lonet( gunman, whoq officers just as a march against police brutality was ending. protesters ran for cover. thelp shooter,ñr 25-year-old mih xavier johnson anñi armye1áv
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says he targeted white officers as revenge for police killings of black men. he wasñi killed after an hours-long standoff with police by añr robot-delivered explosive device. a search of johnson's home in a dallas suburb turned up weaponsá bomb-makingñi materials, and alr manifesto. cbs news hasj tt(ááurq in 2014 hisñr5a army commander stad proceedings to force johnson out of the military. at the time heñiñi was being acd of sexual harassment. a military lawyer w!5ñ represented him says that the woman involved felt johnson needed to seek, quote, mental help. the associated press reports johnson later trained at a dallas area self-defense school, learning tactics like shootingt( president obama yesterday, winding a trip to europe -- >> the de- carried outt( those attacks in dallas, he's no more representative of african americans than the shooter in
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charleston was representativexdf white americans. >> for nowçó dallas is inxd mourning. five police officersi areq including rickñrno< zamarripa'sn patrick. >> doesn't matter if you're black, white, pu&ká weq get along. this has to stop. >> a bit of good news this morning. of the nine people injured, most are out of the hospitaljf and al are expected to survive. several churchesi] plan to dedicate their sunday services to the fallen officers. president obama is scheduled to condolences this week. foq demonstrations lastok night. in baton rouge, several people were arrested. in st. paul, police usedxd smoke bombs to clear demonstratorsxd blocking interstate 94. there were several arrests there as well. a fast-movingt(lp wildfire s
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threatening hundreds of homes north of los angeles. nearly 2,000 people have been evacuated from santa clarita as fire crews work to contai'i the blaze. derek jeter and "sports illustrated" model hannah davis have tied the knot. the couple were married yesterday in napa, california. now for today's weather. thunderstorms, someñr severe,xd expected across the upper mitw south and pacific northwest. hot and dry across the southwest. the weekq california is the place to be. >> ahead, good farmers makefá gd neighbors. >> the idea of sitting on the back porch, watching the farmers grow the foo0n >> but first the week in+
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añdr white, and blue.xd
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charles: we look back this morning on a week in black and white, a week like no otherjf in recent times. with the wounds still fresh in
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ourxd minds, weñr wonder how it could have happened, andñr we wonder what we can do to keep it from happening again. our cover story is reportedñr b] marthar the dallas killings were, were they somehow inevitable? out to be the same kindñr of troubled mass shooter we've seen so many timesñr before, but whav he did with deadly%s was shove the issue of policing and race intoxd all of our faces again. >>xd what i think this shows is that in a system, a system that doesn't value blackt(lpçóe1 lift onlye1fá further imperils blue . martha: he's the author of a
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soon-to-be released history of thejf black lives matter. >> i was not surprised by dallas. you had a nation that for two years has almost nonstop been grappling withq policing, what acceptabler policing, acceptable use of police force looksw3 like. and we had these two incidents, first in baton rouge, and then in falcon heights, minnesota, one after the other that were sq traumatizing, you saw this anger and this pain. martha:i] by nowñrn4 almosti] painfully familiar. police use of force looked like this last tuesday in baton rouge. cellphone video ofxdlp altonq sterling being shot to deathé@ went5h> [bleep]ñr. martha: then on wednesday, agair incredibly, in ajf uui out!
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martha: -- diamond reynolds began livestreaming on facebook3 just after an officer shot her boyfriend,ñi philando castile. castile said he had a gun. >> he's licensed to carry. he wasq in hist( pocket. martha: police argue that the videos we see often only show part of the story,fá but theseço back-to-back were stillñiñi dam. >> for generations, black americans have been talking aboutu saying that police have beatx3os up, killed us, harassed us, and for gener has said, you're making it up, we believe t ea police. and whatñr has changed has been videotape.r martha: and then theq changed. on thursday, there wej demnqiations throughout the united states. >> enough is enough!
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martha: including the one in dallas.e1 >> thisñr isxd enough! we've got to começó together! martha: as prot model, a peaceful police community good will. until theñrxd moment in micah xr johnsonxd opened fire. [gunfire] five officers were killed and seven more wounded. protecting the demonstrators as they v different kind. we saw good cops, not what looked like bad cops. the theatre of public anguish shifted to another stage.ñiçó >>i] we'reñri] hurting. weq >> dallas police chief david brown on friday morning. >> weq most days.r
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let's nott( make today most dayq cops were targeted. community policing is the rule in dallas. officer-involved shoodh8gs are down. crime isçó too. just axd month agoúi universityf south florida criminology professor lori friedel was brought inr policing, as weñrñr watched hero in philadelphia >> we want to train officers for split-second decisions when they need to decide whether or not to use force or not. martha: dallas is one of dozens of police forces since 2014 engaged in a massive soul searching.ñrq it began with ferguson,,@]%mmouf michael brown, withfá images of cops looking and acting like an
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occupying army, and the riots that followed. >> good morning, everybody. martha: chuck wexler is executivet(ok director of a washington police think dedicated to progressive policing. >> i thinkq have been an eye-opener,xd becae it hasn't been simply one city. it hasn't been ferguson. it has been a series of cities in which you lookxd atfá the vio and a lot of the police chiefs that i know, they've asked themselves, i think that could haveñr been handled better.ñr martha:b. wexler worries that nw there will be a dallas effect. >> it will bet( very hard onxd monday for police chiefs to push their officers back, to engage with the com it will be twice as hard because of what happened in dallas. martha: now some context.
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killed in the line of duty has actually dropped by morei]fá thn two-thirds since the 1970s to under 50. dallas puts the number at 25 so far this year.&y by comparison, police shot and killed close to a thousandjf people last year, and already more than 500t( this year. nearly 40% ofñvq! hispanic.ñi >> it could be you! martha: but at the end of a bloody week, both black lives andfá blue lives mattered to americans, anxious about whate1 happens next. >> as tough, as hard, as depressing, as the loss of lifef foundation to build on. martha: president obama tried to reassure us. >> we have to make sure thatñi l of us step back, do someokxdxd
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is constructive.çófá÷ martha: but just last night in st. paul, one of thei] cities where this all began, theñi onlq rhetoric was the language of the streets. light from fireworks hurled at the cops. the matter of policing and race, nof"3ñi closerñr to resolution.r . see me. see me. see me to know that psoriasis is just something that i have. i'm not contagious. see me to know that... ...i won't stop until i find what works. discover cosentyx, a different kind of medicine for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. proven to help the majority of people find clear or almost clear skin. 8 out of 10 people saw 75% skin clearance at 3 months. while the majority saw 90% clearance.
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charles: and now a page from our sunday morning almanac, july 10th, 1856. 160 years ago today, the day nikola tesla was born to a serbian family in southeastern europe. a trained scientist and budding electrical engineer tesla moved to the united states in 1884. he went to work for thomas edison but soon split with him over edison's support for direcc tesla believed alternatingi]ñrfá current was more efficient, and switched sides to work withlpe1 edison's archrivali] george westinghouse.jf yes, that westinghouse. tesla proved ac's superiority over dc at the 1893 columbianq tesla also made breakthroughs in radio, building a landmark 187-foot-tall radio transmitter on new york's long island. along the way he also invented the tesla coil,the spectacular spark machine that to this daytr is a sure-fire science museum
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crowd pleaser. tesla once predicted that humans would "telephone the stars," and even graced the cover of "time" magazine in 1931. a better scientist than moneyçó manager, he died virtuallye1 penniless in a new york city hotel room in 1943 at the agec 86. he's remembered today on serbia: money, at the nikola tesla corner in new york city, and by the tesla electric automobilet( which uses an induction motor o1 tesla's own 1882 design, an ac motor needless to say. ♪ charles: comingi] up, the st. louis blues, now open. human papillomavirus. who knew hpv could lead to certain cancers and diseases? who knew my risk for hpv would increase as i got older? who knew that there was a vaccine that could have helped protect me from hpv
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tune, aptly named the blues.xd but now the city has another reason to toot its horn.xd st. louis is home to the brand-new national blues museum. ♪e1 from the tender laments offá bessie smith to the swing oft( b.b. king and electricity of muddy waters, blues just has añr way of expressing what words can't. miller: is it hard to define endicott: it is hard. in a way it's easy but in a wayv martha: rob endicottxd is the hd of the national blues museum,
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tracing the history of r&b, rock 'n' roll, and funk, allçó genres born from those stirring, soulful sounds. >> it's not a large museum, not artifact expensive. as you're going through, you're learning about the history in a chronol weq story. yoiñiñiñrñioki]i] michelle: its a story that dates back to the 1800s. blues originated on southern plantations, songs about pain and adversity sung by slaves toiling in the fields. eventually as freed slaves migrated north they brought that music with them.ñix+oçt,3xáeat2v and how crucial was that migration to the evolution of blues?q endicott: well, it was critical because at every stop along ther way musicians would -m!lould ser who was playing there, would stay for a little while.q they might make a permanent home there. and in each location they would put their individual stamp on÷l
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with memphis style blues. st. louis style blues. kansas city, chicago and detroit.xdxd michelle: st. louis blues, for example, is more piano based than other styles. ♪ it's also known for inspiringxd "the saint louis blues," a tune so popularguuráh as "the jazzman's ♪lpñi ♪ ♪ michelle: it's a history proudly displayed at the new museum, in a city eager to prove that stilq knows how to sing the blues.ñr endicott: i always say that we never make the claim that we are the only place for a blues museum or the -- the best place for a blues museum, but we areq
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the place that -- we just decided to do it.i] michelle: but there are roots here. endicott: there are roots here, yes.q the blues sort of belongs to, you know, the world.é@i]ñrfálp charles: still to come, bill nye, the science guy. >> absolutely there's life elsewhere. almost certainly intelligent life. has to be. >> i'd rather stay here than in a hotel. charles:ñr and at homeq legend sir elton john. >> ♪ because i trust their quality. made fish oil. they were the first to have a product verified by usp. an independent organization that sets strict quality and purity standards. nature made.
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>> my first day as a woman, getting hot flashes. charles: that's a classic scene from the 1993 movie "mrs. doubtfire." robin williams was full of life. now almost two years after his death, we have a chance to see williams as we've never seen hid before. tracy smith has hise1 life in pictures. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome robin williams!ok tracy: the images of his performance on stage are almost like those of a hummingbirdt(lpi captured in flight -- mania and mayhem frozen in time.t(i]lp in 1986, robin williams was a man who, it seemed, could do everything but stop. arthur grace was a photographer assigned to cover him for "newsweek" magazine. and not long after grace's cover shot hit the newsstands, robinñr williams asked him to sticka5 around and document his life. arthur grace: we just hit it off. we got along well together and respected each other.ñi
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tracy smith: if you could boillq it down, what do you think it was that made the two of you click?q arthur grace: we were children.; he never once said to m shoot this, or you can't photograph that or you've done enough."zm tracy smith: never once? not go away? arthur grace: never one -- never one time in as long -- as long as i knew him did that ever happen. tracy smith: so for close to everything. in every waking and non-waking hour, in places far from public view.i] he captured the calm before the storm. grace says that in the moments before a standup performancei] robin williams would drift into what seemed like another world.3 befwr! very quiet, almost sleepy? arthur grace:>4)qv call it a zen like state. he was just looking down, his arms down, really quiet, looking down, his eyes closed.e1
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and i'm going, should i wake him up? i mean, should i poke him or something? and all of a sudden you'd hear the announcer would come on. "ladies and gentlemen, please welcome robin williams." and as soon as he'd say,t( "williams" hisçó eyes came open and he was off like a shot. announcer: ladies and gentlemen from the metropolitan opera house in new york city, mr. robin williams. (rw runs onstage) it was -- i've never seen anything like it.ñi >> i'dlp like to thank i meldai] marcos for her earrings. thank you.ñi tracy smith: and after 90 minutes of superhuman performance williams' assistant would meet him backstage with a" sweat-drenched shirt.lpñr robin williams wasn't arthur grace's first celebrity assignment, or his most famous. as a press photographer grace spent years covering presidents at the white house and on the road. he got politicians running for office and journalists running
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to meet deadlines, like our cbs colleague leslie stahl in 1980. there was john wayne in a tank. jacqueline onassis in a pensivh1 mood. but to him, none was more fascinating than robin williamsu a standup comedian-turned-movie star.xdlpu she played an elde/av woman in 1993's "mrs.t( doubtfií >> martha graham,w3 or twila! tracy smith: or matt damon's therapist in "good will hunting."ñri] >> the pain i got now, but i don'ti] regret a single day ilp
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arthur grace: i'd never seen robin so focused on a movie. i mean, he really was concentrating on this movie.r in boston on the set, shooting still #úsáos tá arthur grace: he had to use a boston accent. that was part of it. so he was into it, totally into it. he was studying with his dialect coach in his hotel room alltn7i. and he delivered one of the great monologues, two pages -- two pages of script on film that's still remembered. >> but you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable, known someone that could level you with her eyes,i] feeling like god put an angel on earth just for you.a5a5a tracy smith: for this role robin williams got his fourth oscar nomination, and his first win. on oscar night, arthur grace hovered nearby, snapping everything with a small pocketçó camera. what was robin like on oscar night? arthur grace: otherworldly almost. he -- he -- i was watching in real time somebody live out a dream.e1t( tracy smith: the party ended early the next morning at williams' hotel suite. arthur grace: and i noticed the oscar was still on the little
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table next to -- i think it was art's deli or junior's deli bagz so that was the last picture içó that was oscar night. tracy smith: how many pictures do you think you took in total of robin williams?xd arthur grace: oh, honestly, i have no idea, but it has to be in the thousands really.i] tracy smith: grace, who now lives on his boatñr in los angeles, says he imagined he and robin would go through all the pictures as old men, but it was not to be. when was the last time you spoke to him? arthur grace: i saw him in late 2013, about six months before he died.n:ñ4b just seemed to be quieter. seemede1 to be more -- didn't he the same energy that i rememberv tracy smith: but you didn't get the sense that there was anything wrong? arthur grace: wrong with him? no, no, no. no, not at all, not at all pelley: we begin tonight with breaking news in the west. the sudden death of robin williams.e1ñi tracy smith: in the days after williams' suicide at 63, arthur grace was swamped with photo requests, but he ignored them all.i] could you look at the photos?
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arthur grace: no, no.q i didn'tlp do anything. not then and there, no. tracy smith: why not? arthur grace: it's too hard. it's too hard still. tracy smith: still? arthurlp grace: yeah.r tracy sminh'] into a book.t(ñr so you talked about oscar night. but when do you think rob)b @&cc arthur grace: he was happiest around his kids, truly. family life. tracy smith: arthur grace captured the robin williams that the rest of the world rarelyt( saw, intimate moments with his children while they were young,1 like bath time in 1995. a bedtime story with daughter zelda. and a quiet cuddle with his sleepy son cody at the end of the day.é@i] how will you remember him? arthur grace: oh, the most interesting guy i ever met in my life by far. we shared some incredible times( together, and they'r'x
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tracy smith: of all the photosñi he took, this one, he says, is his favorite.r robin williams at the end of axi show in 1986, exhausted, exuberant, and victorious.e1r charles: the long and the short of it just ahead.u
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charles: plenty of us complain that we don't have the time to read anymore, bute1 not the peoe here's david turecamo.t( david: in the city of grenoble in southern france, at the tourist informationxd office --p red hat, waiting her turn? if she'dñi just turn around, shd notice thatñr funny-looking gizo there. it can print out a story written for someone just like her, killing time, waiting.lpfá >> they're very very short stories, one minute, three minutes, five minutes. see you push a button according to how long you w reading, and voila a vending machine for literature, and it's
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free. >> we started this by saying ok if we want to be publisher how would we do it today with all the new technology.e1e1r david: christophe sibieude and quentin pleple are two of the architects of the publishing house of short edition.e1lp one week and you had many? >> just one. david: five years later, they have roughly 10,000 authors and a community ofñr 150,000 regular >> the diffe+m'ce between us and a traditional publisher is that we don't choose what we publish. the community picks, because the community is waiting for the best one.xd david: the best are collected and published in book form and on the machine, and even the mac$a'e s%& about 600 stories in its memory. and the authors?i]
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>> the authors can be anyone. in sorry sorry.ñi david: it's not about people who wantñiq in fact most submit anonymously, but they want feedback on their work.ñr ) that read the stories and then give some feedback and say "it'r cool, i liked it" or "you could have written like that" or stuff like that. rather than hundreds of anonymous people that just read and don't comment anything david: and the stories?r [speaking french] this one could be considered axy wrong. >>e1 at the end, she says i have my scissors, what should i do with that, and she says people won't make -- laugh at me, becauseçójf you don't laughi] ae
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blind.i]ñrñir david: isabelle pleple, one of the principles, says they got the idea one day standing in [speaking french]ok david: once they had a prototype, they took it to the mayor of grenoble, eric piolle, who installed the first one in stahl.ray<
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bring out the bold™. charles: produce that is homegrown is more than just a dining choice. in some parts of the country it's a real estate choice as well. as mark strassmann now shows us.
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mark: all you foodies take a closer look, this tree-lined suburban street might lead to heaven on earth. >> i would say that probably 80% of the food that we eat comes from within a 5-mile radius of this house. mark: these peppers come from -- >> 50 feet away. mark: clay johnson and rosalyn lemieux moved their family here from washington, d.c. two years ago. their 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom home sits 40 minutes south of downtown atlanta. they bought here for the close-knit neighborhood, and this organic farm, right beyond their backyard. >> we had a friend from new york city come down here and ask us if it was decorative. he would say, like, did they put the hay bales out there for an art installation? >> ♪ green acres is the place to be ♪ mark: but this isn't green
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architectures. oliver and lisa douglas were city folk trying their hands at farming. johnson and lemieux are technology consultants living in a subdivision called serenbe, 250 homes and growing. the big draw here is not swim, tennis or golf, but a real working farm. >> to be clear, we're not roughing it. like that farm is cared for by professional farmers. we buy the food. we are lucky to be so close to it, to be able to benefit, but we're not having to go out there and, you know, hoe the farm. >> people love the idea of sitting on their back porch and watching the farmers grow the food. mark: steve nygren is serenbe's developer. where did you get the idea of putting a working farm in the center? >> i grew up on a farm. my family is generational farmers from colorado. mark: nygren had opened more than 30 restaurants when he bought 60 acres of farmland in
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1994, and gradually that family farm became serenbe. he was nervous about urban sprawl, and decided to develop a community his way. today serenbe has 1,000 acres. its clusters of homes are surrounded by walking trails and horse stables, but at the center of it all 25 acres set aside for agriculture. >> the first 20 lots that i priced were sold in 48 hours. the next group were sold in about six weeks. so i realized that there was actually the market demand for what we were talking about. mark: as an approach, serenbe grew from the same farm-to-table movement that has changed restaurant menus and brought farmers' markets to more and more neighborhoods. this community planted itself at the forefront of the latest development trend -- the agrihood. >> it's really about using farms
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and agriculture as an amenity. mark: ed mcmahon is a researcher at the urban land institute in washington, d.c. >> when i first started following this, you could count the number of developments like this on both hands. today there are literally hundreds of them, and i hear about a new one virtually every week. it's relatively low cost, and it resonates with people. so i think we're gonna see a lot more of these kinds of projects going forward. mark: agrihoods are popping up the cannery, near sacremento, has a 7 1/2-acre farm. prairie crossing outside chicago is anchored by a hundred acre farm. and just outside washington dc you'll find willowsford, with its 300 acres set aside for fruits and vegetables, chickens and goats.
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but agrihoods are often luxury living. the average home at serenbe costs about $700,000, five times more than other homes in the area. serenbe recently broke ground on 50 new homes, and when complete, is expected to have twelve hundred residents. >> people here want to overlook it. mark: twenty-nine year old ashley rodgers is serenbe's farm manager. >> they used the sweet potato, and that warms my heart more than anything. david: rodgers grew up in she feels a special connection here. her hands in the soil, her heart in the community. >> i love what i do. [laughter] i think about charles that lives here all the time. and just hearing him say, ashley, knowing he cares about
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what i'm doing, i can affect him, and he can come after school and pick radishes with us, and his parents say you make such an impact on him. where else can i do that? mark: how important is the farm to this community? >> it's vital. it's the centerpiece of the community. you know, we'll spend two to three hours at the farmers' market on saturday not just buying vegetables. i mean, that takes 15 minutes, but checking in with neighbors, seeing how everybody is doing that. if you replace that farm with a golf course we wouldn't live here. mark: can this model be duplicated, replicated in other places? >> gosh, i would hope so, i really would hope so. because the subdivisions, you know, that i grew up in, i hope that's the end of an era, and we can have this community, not a subdivision.
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charles: still to come, music legend sir elton john. and later -- >> you're the best thing i've ever seen. charles: -- a matter of appearance.
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♪ >> it's "sunday morning" on cbs. here again is charles osgood. charles: that's music legend sir elton john singing "crocodile rock" karaoke style. elton john has so many familiar hits it can be a bit of a burden as he tells our anthony mason. anthony: for nearly half a century, he's been one of music's most flamboyant
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performers. ♪ but sir elton john was uneasy when he took the stage in los angeles earlier in year. >> the audience wouldn't have known it, but i was so nervous. ♪ anthony: he has more than 50 top 40 hits, but this night sir elton has debuting some new songs. >> you can't play more than three or four, because the audience really doesn't want to know. anthony: what is that feeling like? >> i've written a song, and i really like it, and you're going to toilet it ♪ anthony: on "wonderful crazy nights," his 33rd studio album, the singer wanted to celebrate his wonderful life. >> ♪ anthony: you have a certain tone on this record? >> i wanted a joyous tone, a
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'70s record that sounded like it was made now. anthony: his lyricist is the same partner he's had for 49 years now. >> he has to write the words before i write the music. so can i have a warm hand, please, for bernie taupin? anthony: they met before elton was elton, when young reginald dwight answered this ad seeking songwriters. >> when i look back on my little shy self i can't believe i had the balls to do it, but i did. anthony: the record label paired him with taupin, and they clicked immediately. >> ♪ rocket man >> if i hadn't made that decision of going, my life would have been completely different. anthony: you ended up basically bunking together. >> we lived at my parents' apartment in north london. he became the brother i never had. anthony: yeah.
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>> i love bernie, not in a carnal way, but in the most emotional, beautiful way. anthony: apart from a short separation in the late '70s, they've worked together ever since, becoming one of the most successful songwriting teams in history. >> ♪ anthony: when bernie brings you a lyric, do you ask him to explain it? >> no, never. anthony: so you don't know what levon is about? >> no. but i never get fed up with it. it's the most beautiful love song. i sing it, i'm thinking about david, or i'm thinking about my boys. >> ♪ you can tell everybody this is your song ♪ anthony: it's so hard for
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songwriting teams to stay together. >> so acrimonious at times. we dropped our egos. anthony: how and why did you that? >> it was necessary. we've never -- this is on my children's lives -- ever had an argument. ever. anthony: why? >> there's no point. he's had harsh words with me when i haven't been behaving myself. he's told me the truth, but there's never been an argument. anthony: elton went through an especially dark period in the '80s when he battled drugs and depression. when you were dealing with your drug problem, how did you keep going? >> if i had stayed at home, shut my curtains, and not appeared for six months, i wouldn't have appeared, period, because i'd have killed myself. music has been my friend since i was 2 or 3 years old, when my parents were getting divorced, it was my sanctuary in my bedroom listening to the radio, playing records.
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the fact is music kept me alive. it saved my life. anthony: uh-huh. feels like you traded it in a way for an addiction to performing? >> well, the addiction to performing is bigger than the addiction to drugs, thank god. anthony: you described yourself as the best known homosexual in the world. >> yeah. i think the acceptable face of homosexuality, which i've realized in my later years can open a few doors, you know. anthony: and responsibility comes with that as far as you're concerned? >> responsibility comes with that. anthony: a responsibility to engage world leaders, like russia's president, who has spoken out against homosexuality. >> and so i had a call from president putin. i'm going to go and meet him sometime this year. i'm not expecting him to change the scenario straightaway. anthony: have you thought about what you're going to say? >> no. i'm not going to go and say, you have to be that, because he'll tell me that's not the way to approach it.
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i have no expectations. if i change things this five years, that's well and good. it may take 60, 5, who knows, but unless you try -- anthony: the singer is a citizen of the world with houses in france, atlanta, here in beverly hills. how much time do you spend out here? >> quite a bit. anthony: when he's playing vegas it's an oasis for his son zachary, now 5, and elijah, now 3. >> it's great. the boys love it here. they have a yard to play in. they love the weather. anthony: can you keep up with them? >> oh, yeah. i just love them. i mean, 10 years ago, if you'd have said i'd be sitting in this house with two children, married to my husband, no, i'd have said acid in my drink. boy, has it been the best decision i've ever made in my whole life. anthony: are you surprised at how you've been as a father? >> yeah, absolutely, totally. i thought i would find them irritating, because i'm a neat
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freak. i like objects, so i like them to be in certain positions. the boys are brilliant. anthony: and fatherhood has changed the way elton john sees his future. >> they just put everything in perspective. so, i mean, it's led to me looking at what i'm going to do for the rest of my life. i'm cutting down on shows. everything is arranged around their school holidays now. i will still be working, but i will be cutting down, and in the end i will stop. anthony: you will stop? >> yeah. i want to see them grow up. i have such a great life. ♪ ♪ ♪ anthony: after four decades on tour, up ahead sir elton can see the end of the road. ♪ >> for the road, baby!
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charles: is it time for hollywood to face up to a divisive issue? our critic thinks so. >> there was a recent commentary in the showbiz paper "variety" got a bit of attention. the male critic wrote, based on footage of renee zellweger in a trailer for the new "bridget jones" movie, that her changed appearance interfered with his ability to reconnect with the character. he said she was never conventionally beautiful but now -- you get the drift. he got pummeled -- rightly -- on social media, but the topic of actresses past age 30 who have had work done will not go away
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soon. we know plastic surgeons and dermatologists in hollywood are royalty. we've seen their work, for good and ill. and i'd be lying if i said i'd never joked about it in print. once i compared a youngish actress whose face looked so botoxed she couldn't move her features tyutin woodsman in the "wizard of oz." it was kind of funny, but i regret that. a doctor recently said he'd seen me on tv and i should get some fat sucked out from under my chin, and he gave me the name of a surgeon who could lift my saggy eyes. and i've been thinking about it, a lot. and i'm just a commentator. i'm on tv four minutes every two or three weeks. and i'm a guy. imagine a woman in an industry where producers are known to separate headshots into two piles, those they'd want to sleep with and those they wouldn't. imagine that actress written about by internet commenters in terms so vile i can't repeat
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them, damned for gaining weight or merely aging. now there is a valid objection to getting work done. actors often refer to their bodies as instruments. and the most important part of that instrument is, of course, the face, with which they can register the finest quivers of emotion. plastic surgery involves cutting muscles. fillers eliminate lines of expression. so they're actually hurting themselves as artists. but to shame actresses for having work done willy-nilly and not because they're up against brutal pressure from inside and outside their industry seems to me inhuman. it's not just a problem for renee zellweger, a wonderful actress. it's a problem for all women in a culture deformed by double standards. and it's a problem for men, me included, who can end up sounding like entitled creeps.
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charles: bill nye, the science guy, has changed the way kids look at science to trying to change the way adults dealing with climate change. it's a campaign that begins close to home as rita braver discovered. rita: on a quiet street in sits nye labs, the home of bill nye, the science guy. >> it's a 20th of the water. rita: and here everything is a science project, from the
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composter to the solar panels to the vegetable garden. >> it grows like crazy. you want some? it's good. there's nothing better for you. rita: and inside -- >> this is the periodic table that we used on television, and the smithsonian wants this. rita: this is a historic thing i'm looking at? >> well, if you're a "science guy show" fan. >> ♪ bill nye the science guy rita: there are many. the 1990s show made him a star. >> wind all over the world is caused by heating and cooling of the earth! rita: all in the service of teaching kids science. >> now that's a chemical reaction! we're going to run electrons through it. rita: the show ended in 1998. >> i love you, man!
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rita: but 60-year-old nye's work as a bow tied educator has not. >> if we were to find evidence of life on mars it would change the world. rita: only now his focus is on adults. >> we don't agree on the facts. scientists, researchers, say yes. you i feel we have a real problem of antiscience right now. if you have people who are voters and taxpayers who don't believe in science, we're going to fall behind as a society. rita: hence his high-profile debate a while back defending the theory of evolution against attacks from creationists who believe the universe was created in six days. >> i believe it's the creationist that should be educating the kids out there, because we're teaching them the right way with to think. >> mr. hamm, how could there be
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billions of stars, more distance than 6,000 years, if the world is only 6,000 years old? rita: but he's most passionate about the dangers of climate change, the subject of his latest book. >> climate change is real. there's something about which you should give a [bleep] about. rita: have you become plate politicized? >> yeah. people look at me as a political figure, for sure. rita: is that okay with you? >> what's the alternative? climate change is objectively an enormous problem. if you think it's because i'm a progressive, you're a conservative, you're putting it on me. i really work with to be open-minded. genetically-modified foods is an example. rita: he's done an about-face. >> agriculture testing changed
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my mind. rita: you've alienated supporters. >> i'm doing my best here, people. i've looked at the data and changed my mind. what more do you need from me? that's science. rita: so says the science guy. but it may surprise you to learn it is actually william sanford nye, the mechanical engineer, a cornell graduate, rejected four times for the astronaut program. nye joined boeing in the 1980s, working on the 747. then one day he won a steve martin look-a-like contest. >> my name is bill. am i moving too fast? rita: it led to tv gigs doing his own brand of comedy. >> this looks like a job for speed walker! rita: and how it all led to bill
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nye the science guy. >> this is a salt marsh and tide flat. you see i'm thinking. rita: almost 30 years later, the science guy is no act. >> technically these are not vessels of pure energy. rita: nye's day job is ceo of the planetary society, set to launch the first-ever solar-propelled spacecraft next year. while nye dreams of outer space, it's his own dna that worries him. >> my family has an affliction called attacksia. my sister has it real bad. anthony: what's the -- >> you walk like you're drunk. my sister has a walker. that's how they goes everywhere. apparently it's not a strength thing, but comes from your balance, coming from your
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cerebellum. rita: you don't have months? >> yes. two years ago i noticed it. rita: is this scary for you? >> if you're not scared of this, i don't know what you're scared of. rita: one thing he thinks can stave it off is exercise, which is why you'll often find bill nye at this elks club, swing dancing the night away. ♪ i have to say that the last place most people would think bill nye the science guy would be is on a dance floor at an elks club. >> it's a blast. rita: what do you love about it? what brings you out here? >> the music. i like the music. it's the joy of movement. it feels great. then you get to hold the woman, which is priceless. ♪ rita: you're single.
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you have a significant other? >> maybe. rita: i just wanted to ask you if you think the human experience gets lonely when -- >> oh, gosh. so yes, i've had a lot of girlfriends. looking back, it would have been better to get married and have kids, but i was doing this other thing. >> that's really nice. it's japanese silk. rita: this other thing, bill nye says, is summed in a single line he wrote for the staffers of his old show. >> do you see the objective in 1993? rita: change the world. and after all these years your motto is still -- >> change the world. if you don't think you can, then what ar are you doing here? come on, people, let's make the
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♪ charles: here's a look at the week ahead on our "sunday morning" calendar. monday is the u.n.'s world population day with the focus this year on issues facing teenage girls around the world. tuesday is the 19th birthday of the pakistani champion of equal forth women. she became the youngest nobel peace prize winner in 2014. on wednesday, the tuskegee airmen, the world war ii pilots, begin their annual convention. thursday is bastille day in france, the celebration of the start of the french revolution in 1789. friday sees the start of a three-day european rubik's cube
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championship in prague, capital of the czech republic. and saturday is the day for the louis armstrong wonderful world jazz festival at his home in new york city's borough of queens. now to john dickerson in washington for a look at what's ahead on "face the nation." good morning, john. john: good morning, charles. we'll have the latest on the aftermath on the shooting in dallas. we'll talk to the mayor. and a discussion about communities of color with the police with all the different voices, including homeland security secretary jay johnson, the police commissioner from new york, bill bratton, and the president of the naacp, and others, trying to figure out where the balance is between the community and police force. charles: thank you, john. we'll be watching. next week on "sunday morning" all eyes on cleveland. ♪
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